Like Cuban music, Cuban art has a rich history — but surprisingly few books have been published about it, even though visual artists are at the forefront of Cuba’s pro-democracy movement today.

That’s why one of the more notable works being presented at next week’s Miami Book Fair is “Picturing Cuba: Art, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora.”

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The book, featuring essays and more than 40 color plates of Cuban art spanning more than 400 years, is edited by anthropologist Jorge Duany. He directs Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute and spoke with WLRN’s Tim Padgett about how “Picturing Cuba” came together — and what it says about Cuban identity, or cubanía.

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WESTOVER — The new building housing the photography and art entries at the Harmony Grange Fair received a lot of interest Tuesday evening.

The building, which was formerly the home to the overflow of crafters and vendors who set up to sell their wares during fair week, was expanded and upgraded earlier this year to serve as the permanent location for the department.

The fair received a COVID-19 grant from the Clearfield County Commissioners last year and used those funds to refurbish various areas of the fairgrounds to provide a better experience for fair visitors.

Department Chairwoman Renea Goss and Assistant Melanie Rorabaugh said the expanded space provides a more preferable viewing option for visitors and additional room to grow the amount of entries the department receives.

Previously, entries for the photography and art department were displayed on a wall in the grange hall. Goss said the placement was less

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Sep. 16—The Fine Arts Show at the Minnesota State Fair is called the state’s largest juried art exhibition. It usually features 300 or more works from thousands entered by artists across Minnesota.

A little math indicates that a leaves behind a lot of “rejected art.” Some of those pieces are on display through Sept. 26 in the annual “Rejected Exhibition” at AZ Gallery in Lowertown St. Paul. This year’s show has photography, paintings and some sculptures.

Organizer Jeff Henningsgaard explains in an email: “It all began when local photographers started posting their rejected images on social media. Some amazing images were shared and it was a great way for the community to rally around fellow artists and give support. The idea of starting their own show was brought up and Tomas Alvarez and (I) took on the challenge. This year, the show has opened to all types of art

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Amid the noise, smells and crowds of the Minnesota State Fair, the Fine Arts Exhibition is a world of its own. Step inside the red brick building on the corner of Randall and Cosgrove and things slow down – your feet, your breathing, maybe even your heart rate. You’re not there to eat, drink, ride, scream, rock out, pat a cow or win the biggest prize on the Midway. You’re there to look at art.

How much art? For 2021, 321 items. Breaking it down: 110 photographs, 98 oil/acrylic/mixed media works, 29 drawings/pastels, 23 watercolors, 19 sculptures, 15 works in textile/fiber, 14 in ceramics/glass and 13 prints, chosen by eight jurors from 2,462 works submitted by Minnesotans from all over the state.

That’s several hundred more than the 1,718 submitted in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. According to Jim Clark, it’s in line with the six-year average

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